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Parliamentary question - E-004340/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Ms Urpilainen on behalf of the European Commission

    Increasing breaches of human rights and shrinking democratic and civic space worldwide have repercussions for the EU and its citizens, endangering international partnerships and cooperation.

    The Commission supported three United Nations Special Rapporteurs mandates (f reedom of expression and opinion, human rights defenders and freedom of association and assembly) through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

    The allocated funding for this support came from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) and lasted from November 2016 until July 2021. The choice of these three specific mandates coincided with priority areas supported by the EU under the EIDHR Multiannual Indicative Programme.

    The project aimed to build the capacity of key relevant actors to widen democratic space and protect human rights at national level; strengthen outreach and public awareness on the work of the mandates; study emerging trends and contribute to thematic research to enhance protection of human rights defenders and civic space, notably in the context of the 2030 Agenda implementation.

    The Commission received annual progress and financial reports as per contractual obligations. These reports allow the Commission to monitor operations carried out and how funding was spent.

    The project has enabled the three Special Rapporteurs to reinforce their capacity to engage with civil society and State actors through more extensive consultation, increased number of communications on allegations of human rights violations and issues of concerns, including with regard to restrictive legislation.

    Last updated: 6 December 2021
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